Distance Running 360: How Did 2018-19 Class 2A Boys Do?


High school sports are 360 degrees in nature- a full circle if you will. Most long distance runners will begin their quest during the early months of summer training for cross country. The three months of training that kids put in are an attempt to run in the state championship in November. For the few lucky ones, they will go on and compete in Nike Cross Nationals, Foot Locker or some other post-season meet. But what has been lost in the sauce is the entire school calendar which runs through the winter indoor campaign and finally back around to the all-important outdoor track and field season. We wanted to chronicle the very beginning and end. Obviously, some athletes get lazy after cross country or hurt. Others may play other sports in the spring:  lacrosse, club soccer, baseball, volleyball, etc.


(Disclaimer: state championship races- 800, 1600, 3200, 4x800 are 12 field entries) 
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1Mathias Powell- 3200 state champion... clocked PB 9:03.51; 3rd in state/1600... 4:21.87 PB12Mahomet-Seymour High School14:31.770
2Nathan Schmitt- Competed in 3A; did not advance to state in any event; 3200 (9:12.95), 1600 (4:37.32i)11Lake Forest High School14:47.961
3Anthony Farmer- Ran on 3rd place 4x800 state; 3200 (9:41.93i); 1600 (4:29.84); 800 (2:02.86)11Burlington Central High School14:53.352
4Charlie Smith- Competed in 3A; 1600 state runner-up... 1600 PB (4:15.47); 3200 (9:20.83) 11Antioch High School14:54.520
5Nick Doud- Competed in 3A; placed 21st state/3200... PB 9:12.57; 1600 (4:19.69)12Bloomington High School14:59.393
6Casmir Cozzi- Ran on 9th place 4x800 finalist squad; 800 (2:00.02); 1600 (4:28.47); qualified for state 3200 (DNR... 9:45.29 PR)12Mascoutah High School15:02.140
7Dathan Maton- Competed in 3A; ran state 800 prelim... clocked 1:57.08 PB; 1600 (4:25.71 PB); 3200 (9:43.77 PB)12Chatham-Glenwood High School15:03.284
8Daniel Chen- 1600 state champion... ran 4:15.80 PB; 800 (2:01.75)12Illinois Math and Science Academy15:05.480
9Daniel Occhipinti- Competed in 3A; placed 9th in state 1600... 4:22.63 PB; 800 (1:57.83 PB); 3200 (9:53.00i PB)11Kaneland High School15:06.785
10Kyle Boughter- Competed in 3A; did not advance to state in any event; 1600 (4:32.82 PB); 800 (2:07.47 PB); 3200 (10:04.94 SB)11Springfield High School15:08.186
11Chris Gilbert- Placed 3rd state/800.... 1:56.70 SB; 400 (51.44 PB)12Peoria Notre Dame High School15:08.837
12Connor Riss- Competed in 3A; placed 13th state prelim/1600... 4:23.39 PR; 800 (1:58.05 PR)12Grayslake North High School15:09.250
13Collin Grady- Competed and ran a leg on the state championship 4x800 (7:55.24); 1600 (4:27.97 PB); 3200 (9:39.56 PB)12Dixon High School15:09.698
14Drey Maton- Competed in 3A; did not advance to state in any event; 1600 (4:26.34 PB); 3200 (9:40.38 PB)12Chatham-Glenwood High School15:10.429
15James Mcdonald- Did not run track- played Lacrosse during the spring12Vernon Hills High School15:11.270
16Brock Drengenberg- Competed and ran a leg on the state championship 4x800 (7:55.24); 800 (2:06.99 PB); 1600 (4:46.13 PB)10Dixon High School15:12.0110
17Connor O'keefe- Competed in 3A; did not advance to state in any event; 1600 (4:31.93i PB); 3200 (10:22.00 PB)12Benet Academy15:13.2011
18Eli Ward- Placed 12th state/800... PB is 1:57.00; 1600 (4:30.36 PB)11Waterloo High School15:13.210
19Kyle Bell- Placed 10th state/1600... PB is 4:34.19; placed 8th state/3200... PB 9:33.3212Providence Catholic High School15:13.3512
20Keegan Smalley- Competed in 3A; placed 13th in state 3200 (9:31.98); 1600 (4:24.96); 800 (2:02.58)12Crystal Lake Central High School15:13.8713
21Austin Ames- Did not advance to state in any event; 3200 (10:03.74 SB); 1600 (4:46.19 SB)12Charleston High School15:14.240
22Adam Gilbreath-Glaub- State qualifier in 3200 but did not compete; 3200 (9:31.32 SB); 1600 (4:33.79 SB)11Metamora High School15:15.7714
23Ethan Breen-Competed in 3A; did not advance to state in any event; 3200 (9:42.85 PB); 1600 (4:35.47 PB); 800 (2:02.33 SB)12Lake View High School15:16.520
24Ryan Jones- Placed 9th state/1600... PB is 4:16.48; placed 5th state/3200 (9:39.39 PB)11Woodstock (Marian)15:18.060
25Chris Cherry- 1600 (4:30.47 PB); did not advance to state10Taylorville High School15:18.540


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